Pediatric Feeding Therapy

Downers Grove, IL

At Milestones, our occupational and speech therapists have vast experience and training when it comes to pediatric feeding therapy and working with children who have a variety of feeding challenges. We incorporate the SOS (Sequential-Oral Sensory) Approach to Feeding as well as oral motor and sensory experiences into our therapy sessions.

SOS Approach to Feeding

The SOS Approach to Feeding was developed by Dr. Kay Toomey and her interdisciplinary team of professionals. Milestones’ pediatric occupational and speech therapists have been trained in this approach, which is designed to allow children to become comfortable with non-preferred foods through exploration and play. Children explore the properties of food to increase their comfort level with the item while progressing through a hierarchy of steps towards eating the food.

Our Approach

At Milestones, our pediatric therapy feeding sessions often utilize a sensory based approach which incorporates the SOS Approach to Feeding. Children typically begin both group and individual sessions taking part in a variety of sensorimotor activities that have an organizing effect and prepare them for the challenges of exploring various tastes, textures and temperatures of foods.

Oral motor activities are also incorporated to prepare the muscles for eating as part of pediatric feeding therapy. A therapy snack is designed specifically for the child to include a variety of foods that sets them up for success and eases transitions to non-preferred foods.

Milestones’ therapists work closely with families to help them learn and understand how to approach feeding with their child to ensure successful eating at home on a daily basis.

Free Screenings
For Children under age 5

Who Is a Candidate?

The following is a list of indicators that a child is a candidate for a pediatric therapy feeding evaluation:

  • Ongoing poor weight gain (rate re: percentiles falling) or weight loss
  • Ongoing choking, gagging, or coughing during meals
  • More than one incidence of nasal reflux
  • History of a traumatic choking incident
  • History of eating and breathing coordination problems, with ongoing respiratory issues
  • Inability to transition to baby food purees by 10 months of age
  • Inability to accept any table food solids by 12 months of age
  • Has not weaned of baby foods by 16 months of age
  • Aversion or avoidance of all foods in a specific texture or nutrition group
  • Food range of less than 20 foods, especially if foods are being dropped over time with no new foods replacing those lost
  • An infant who cries and / or arches at most meals
  • Family is fighting about food and feeding (i.e. Meals are battles)
  • Parental history of an eating disorder, with a child not meeting weight goals

To learn more about Milestones’ pediatric feeding therapy and schedule an evaluation, contact us today.

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